My parents married on the 21st of May 1928, and the Bañuelo, the Muslim bath of the 11th century, was declared a National Monument on the 22nd of May. The monument opened to the public thanks to Leopoldo Torres Balbás, architect and the restorer of the Alhambra. The house was not meant for us, it was for a lady who lived in Calle Chirimías, but her fiancé died, so Don Leoplodo told my parents that if they married, they could stay in the Bañuelo. My parents couldn’t marry because they had nothing. However, Leopoldo convinced and helped them to marry, and they stayed as keepers. We lived in the Bañuelo since the 22 of May 1928, that is 76 years. We were the first keepers and we will be the lasts.”

This is the story of Conchita Segura, one of the residents whose testimony is included in the book El Albayzín contado por sus mujeres (The Albayzín told by its women) published in 2004 by the Lower Albayzín Residents’ Association in collaboration with Granada City Council.

“My parents couldn’t marry because they had nothing. However, Leopoldo convinced and helped them to marry, and they stayed as keepers. We lived in the Bañuelo since the 22 of May 1928, that is, 76 years. We were the first keepers and we will be the last.”

In the last fifty years, the Albayzín experienced more changes than in previous centuries. The memory of the last decades remains alive thanks to the people. On this occasion, the women from the district will be the witnesses, through their recollections, of the changes that occurred in the Albayzín.” This is how this Residents’ Association presented this project in collaboration with the Granada City Council. Besides the publication, they also produced a video, which can be seen by following this link.

*The picture is from one page of the book.

*The picture is from one page of the book.

*The picture is from one page of the book.

*The picture is from one page of the book.